No excuses from Kightly
Leeds teenager Lewis Walters has signed his first professional
contract with the club, penning a two-year deal.
Striker Walters, 17, who is top scorer this season for United’s
Under-18 team, was thrilled to agree terms.
“It’s one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” he told the
club’s official website.
“It couldn’t have gone any better for me really. I joined the
academy quite late and wasn’t expecting to get a club, but Leeds
came in and I got a scholarship and I thought the only thing I can
do is keep kicking on and try and get a pro contract, and now it’s
a dream come true.
“I’d like to try and be involved with the first team. I’ve got
to keep doing what I’m doing, keep improving and try and get more
“When I look at Sam Byram, I played with him last year, he has
done amazing for himself and that’s what I’d like to do next
The 27-year-old has made 21 Premier League appearances this
term, with his last two being back-to-back starts, and he is
looking to build on that.
“It’s been an up and down season for me though for sure, because
I haven’t managed to nail down a regular spot in the team,” he told
“That hasn’t been down to injury, it’s been for other
“I’ve had no injuries this year and I haven’t missed one single
training session yet this season, which is quite surprising to be
honest, because I have had a few problems in my career.
“I thought I started the season well, scored a couple of goals,
and then lost my place.
“Since then I have struggled to get back into the team really,
but hopefully with my injuries well and truly behind me, I can push
on and get back to playing to the level that I know I am capable